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Published on Mar 3, 2009
Constance L. "Connie" Rice, a civil rights activist and lawyer, is the co-director of the Advancement Project, a policy "action tank" committed to racial justice. She has received more than 60 major awards for advancing multi-racial democracy, including the 2001 Peace Prize from the California Wellness Foundation and the 2002 John Anson Ford Humanitarian Award from Los Angeles County. Rice has successfully co-litigated civil rights cases winning more than $1.6 billion in policy changes and remedies during her tenure with the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund. In 1999 and 2000, California Law Business named her one of California's top 10 most influential lawyers. In 2006, Los Angeles Times West Magazine named Rice one of the 100 most powerful people in Southern California, and Pasadena Weekly placed Rice first in their listing of most powerful women. She is the second cousin to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.